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What will make me switch from adsense?
Any guesses?

 10:48 am on Sep 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

If linkshare or CJ or BeFree implement an adsense style contextual affiliate link placing mechanism, I will switch from adsense.

Imagine the benefits if linkshare could automatically place a product relevant to the current page with your affiliate code in it. That could earn me atleast five times what adsense currently makes me ..

On a related note, I use the AWS from amazon to achieve something similar and I get about 1/3rd the revenue of adsense out of it. But the targeting is poor and amazon doesn't have enough products to cover the entire spectrum.



 11:12 am on Sep 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

It already exists.



 11:13 am on Sep 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

support for multiple languages

we're waiting for adsense, but I've got multilanguage traffic orders of magnitude higher that my english traffic.

(and it's doubtful that it's high enough for special adsense treatment)

too much information

 12:12 pm on Sep 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

justageek - can you explain more?

I just checked CJ are you referring to the SmartZones? As I understand you would still have to log in and change the ads yourself, or am I missing something?

That's the closest I could find to a content matching setup like AdSense.


 12:30 pm on Sep 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Sorry, I should have been more specific. The concept exists in beta form. It exists but not with CJ or BeFree although I understand the group who has it is talking with, or has talked, with BeFree so I expect you all will hear more shortly.



 6:46 pm on Sep 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't you'd get the kind of affiliate revenues you're predicting. The whole thing with affiliate fees is that they're skewed against the publisher. They only pay a percentage on a sale of a product, and then nothing else after that, even though the customer could easily go on to buy more stuff from them.

It's a no-lose situation for the advertiser, and mostly a losing proposition for the affiliate. I make about 2 cents a click for traffic to Amazon, and several times that for links to Adsense.

Traditional advertising, where advertisers pay by the impression, is the fairest model, because they're responsible for the success of their ad creative, while the publisher just provides eyeballs. Pay-per-click is compromise, still skewed towards the publisher, but that's all that people will swallow right now.

Chances are, any affiliate fees you make are a fraction of what that advertiser is paying to advertiser in other ways.

Still, if CJ or Amazon could figure out a way to target products for the content on a page, it would be a huge leap forward for their affiliate programs. No argument here.


 7:15 pm on Sep 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't you'd get the kind of affiliate revenues you're predicting

I have already seen better results. In another thread I posted how I use AdSense to find affiliate partners. When I do I immediately switch the AdSense code out for the affiliate code. The return is better from what I see. The huge groups like Amazon are crap deals anyway so I stay away from them and go with the smaller guys who pay more and really do have something specific to sell and aren't a superstore. I also try to use the affiliates who run their own softare since CJ, BeFree and such skim about 30 percent of the profits so I can usually negotiate a better deal.

universetoday - You are right about people going directly to the source as I imagine that happens with AdSense also.


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